Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Unconditional Surrender: The Only Way

I surfed a few blogs this evening, following blogs comments to see new blogs and read some different views. I found some very interesting posts around the blogosphere. But I was stunned by a link at "Pocket Full Of Mumbles" which I followed to treppenwitz, and a well-trackbacked post titled, "A difficult lesson".

treppenwitz said, among other things,
"When I was in the Navy, I once witnessed a bar fight in downtown Olongapo (Philippines) that still haunts my dreams. The fight was between a big oafish Marine and a rather soft-spoken, medium sized Latino sailor from my ship.

All evening the Marine had been trying to pick a fight with one of us and had finally set his sights on this diminutive shipmate of mine... figuring him for a safe target. When my friend refused to be goaded into a fight the Marine sucker punched him from behind on the side of the head so hard that blood instantly started to pour from this poor man's mutilated ear.

Everyone present was horrified and was prepared to absolutely murder this Marine, but my shipmate quickly turned on him and began to single-handedly back him towards a corner with a series of stinging jabs and upper cuts that gave more than a hint to a youth spent boxing in a small gym in the Bronx.

treppenwitz related this sorry spectacle, which he says still haunts him, and draws a very cogent lesson from it, to wit:
"I'm not particularly proud to have been witness to such a bloody spectacle, and the sound of that Marine's woman-like shrieks will haunt me to my grave. But I learned something that evening that Israel had better learn for itself if it is to finally be rid of at least one of its tormentors:

This is one time an Arab aggressor must be allowed to be beaten so badly that every civilized nation will stand in horror, wanting desperately to step in and stop the carnage... but knowing that the fight will only truly be over when one side gives up and finally admits defeat.

Just as every person who had ever rescued that bully from admitting defeat helped create the cowardly brute I saw that evening in the bar, every well-intentioned power that has ever stepped in and negotiated a ceasefire for an Arab aggressor has helped create the monsters we see around us today."

Among the wise words treppenwitz writes is this:
"Ever since Nasser accidentally discovered the trick in '56, every subsequent Arab leader has stuck to his tried and true formula for military success:

Instigate a war.
Once the war is well underway and you are in the process of having your ass handed to you... get a few world powers to force your western opponent into a cease fire.
Whatever you do, don't surrender or submit to any terms dictated by your enemy. That would ruin everything! All you have to do is wait it out and eventually the world will become sickened at what is being done to your soldiers and civilian population... and will force a truce.
Once a truce has been called you can resume your intransigence (which probably caused the conflict in the first place), and even declare victory as your opponent leaves the field of battle.
This tactic has never failed. Not once.

Correct! This is exactly the tactic being attempted today. And the U.N. and MSM is falling for it all over again! I could write a lot more on this, but why bother? treppenwitz did it for me! Go immediately to "A difficult lesson", and read! Hell, memorize the thing! This is one damned tremendous post!


WomanHonorThyself said...

Instigate a war.
Once the war is well underway and you are in the process of having your ass handed to you... get a few world powers to force your western opponent into a cease fire. ...Exactly!..thanks 4 the post Benning!..:-)

benning said...

Hey! I copy from the best! ;)

treppenwitz said...

Thanks so much for the words of praise and for linking to the post. It is really quite gratifying to see this idea resonating with so many different kinds of people.

Brooke said...

I saw this a Pocket, and it is an astute comparison. As long as the Marine's buddies (Syria, Iran, ect) keep to themselves, this will be a lesson well learned. If not, we'll have a raging barfight... AKA WWIII.

a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

Here, here...I posted yesterday regarding a Jonah Goldberg article as a means of sharing his take. Often when I post I don't get too upset or emotional (my posts would probably be much more entertaining if I let loose, but I don't want to...this is therapy for me so to speak).

Anyway, I just got to thinking about it some more and though I am not alone in this, I am sick and tired of these pissant instigators and the havoc and BS they wreak.

I must agree with this take on how to address the issue of these worthless individuals.

World opinion is not kind to the U.S., Israel etc. so why not just do what needs doing. It bothers me to feel this way, but never enough to change my mind.

The EU/UN especially is playing right into the hands of this tired scenario. My God, they practically don't even bother to change the dialogue, just run the repeats...

No ceasefire - just annihalation, then we can talk ceasefire...

a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

Oh, yeah...Brooke, if you haven't already read Podhoretz's piece calling what we are in the midst of WWIV.

Mike's America said...

I hope this time things are different.

If you don't defeat your enemies, you will only end up fighting them again.

President Reagan was once asked what his strategy would be for handling the Cold War with the Soviets. His answer was simple and direct: "We win, they lose."

camojack said...

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." -George Santayana

Leave us hope that this lesson gets learnt...